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A Brief Summary of Why the Bible Is Unreliable

Fundamentalist Christians believe that the Bible is the inspired and inerrant word of God. Modern analysis of the Bible, however, provides many reasons why the book cannot be considered reliable.

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A Humanistic Damning of the Doctrine of Hell

Humanists strongly oppose the idea that there’s a God who will send people to eternal torture in hell. They believe it’s one of the most absurd and harmful doctrines ever propounded.

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Bible Is Not a Moral Guide for Sexual Behavior

Some Christian groups want their “Judeo-Christian values” written into law, especially in regard to sex. But the Bible contains many ignorant and harmful teachings about sex. As a result, an unquestioning reliance on the book is a mistaken and dangerous way to obtain a sexual morality.

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Biblical Opposition to Knowledge

Modern societies recognize the importance of science and education, but many Bible teachings are opposed to both. As a result, the Bible leads some people to oppose or be unconcerned about the increase and dissemination of scientific knowledge.

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Christianity and Women

Promise Keepers, a fundamentalist Christian men’s group, considers the Bible to be the inerrant word of God. Not surprisingly, then, the group uses Bible verses to support the subjugation of women.

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Christianity’s Social Harms

Christian doctrines have harmed society in a variety of ways. The doctrines continue to impede efforts to solve social problems.

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Dark Side of the Puritan Ethic

Some Christians give unreserved praise to America’s Puritan ethic. They overlook the harms caused by the Puritans’ opposition to pleasure.

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Don’t Do What Jesus Would Do!

As a guide for choosing attitudes and behavior, many Christians encourage people to ask, “What would Jesus do?” But Jesus’ teachings can harm individuals and communities. This article first appeared in the January/February 2001 issue of Freethought Today, which is published by the Freedom From Religion Foundation.)

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End Times Are Not Near

Many Christians think the Bible teaches that the world will soon end. Throughout Christianity’s entire history, however, many have held similar views and were wrong. So how reliable are the same claims being made by Christians today?

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Fraud of Faith Healing

Faith healers defend the practice of withholding medical treatment and relying solely on spiritual means to treat children’s illnesses. Their arguments contain extremely dangerous and harmful misinformation.

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Hitler’s Christianity

Some people blame Hitler’s philosophy on atheism. According to the historical record, though, Hitler believed in God and was convinced he was carrying out the divine will.

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Humanist Ethics vs. Biblical Ethics

Fundamentalist Christians often accuse Humanism of causing a decline in ethical standards. But an examination of the biblical God’s behavior reveals that the Humanist system of ethics, which is based on reason and compassion, is far superior to ethical standards contained in the Bible.

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Jesse Ventura’s Humanistic Comments on Religion

By attacking Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura for his widely publicized criticisms of religion, politicians and members of the media applied a double standard and treated him unfairly.

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Many Nonbelievers Support Bible Reading

Although an Ohio mayor acted improperly by issuing a proclamation to encourage Bible reading, many nonbelievers agree with him that people should read the book.

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Morality Without Religion

The claim is often heard that morality cannot exist without belief in God. But most nonbelievers have strong reasons for behaving ethically.

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Pat Robertson’s Defective Hotline to God

On his television program “The 700 Club,” TV preacher Pat Robertson said God preordained a big victory for George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. But in view of some previous messages that Robertson claimed to receive from God, his statement could be taken with a grain of salt.

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Posting the Ten Commandments on Public Buildings

In arguing to have the Ten Commandments posted on public buildings, a national group claims that the Commandments “transcend religious differences.” They apparently are unaware of the strong disagreements many religious people have over the Commandments.

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Promise Keepers: The Religious Right’s Trojan Horse

Although Promise Keepers claims to be merely a men’s support group having no ulterior political motives, a look behind its facade reveals strong ties to the Religious Right.

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Religion, Nontheism and Unethical Behavior

In arguing that atheism leads to immorality, some religionists quote Voltaire. But they leave out a great deal of scientific knowledge acquired since Voltaire’s time. And they omit Voltaire’s opinion about Christianity.

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Science Classes Should Not Teach Creationism

A bill introduced in the Ohio General Assembly would require public schools to teach competing “theories” about the origin of life. This bill is a thinly veiled attempt to put biblical creationism in science classes, where it has no business being.

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Some Reasons Why Humanists Reject the Bible

Humanists are convinced the Bible was written solely by humans in an ignorant, superstitious, and cruel age. This article gives some of the arguments supporting their position.

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Some Violent and Heartless Results of Believing in Hell

Many churches still say that God will send nonbelievers to eternal punishment in hell. History exposes the evils caused by this teaching.

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Terrorism and Other Harms of Believing in an Afterlife

In view of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the question should be asked whether religions do more harm than good by telling people a life after death awaits them. In all probability, the terrorist attacks and innumerable other tragedies wouldn’t have occurred but for that belief.

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Violence and the Biblical God

Although many Americans are rightly concerned about cultural messages that encourage violence, few are troubled by the widespread promotion of violent Bible teachings. Violent religious ideas often influence people to behave violently.

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Warning: Billy Graham’s Teachings May Be Hazardous to Your Health

The mainstream media tend to idolize Billy Graham and treat him with kid gloves. By doing so, they ignore the harms caused by his teachings.

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